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Ten Things You Need to Know for Friday - August 28, 2015

Good Friday morning from Salt Lake City. 

Utahns feel Hatch is more effective than Lee. A report suggests improvements at state liquor stores. Business and community leaders launch a campaign in favor of a proposed sales tax hike.

The clock:

  • 67 days to the 2015 election - (11/3/2015)
  • 143 days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus (tentative) - (1/18/2016)
  • 150 days to the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - (1/25/2016)
  • 151 days to the 2016 New Hampshire Primary - (1/26/2016)
  • 195 days to the final day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - (3/10/2016)
  • 305 days to the 2016 Utah primary election - (6/28/2016)
  • 438 days until the 2016 presidential election - (11/8/2016)

Friday's top-10 headlines:

  1. A new poll shows Utahns think Sen. Orrin Hatch is more effective in Washington than Sen. Mike Lee [Utah Policy].
  2. Embattled San Juan County Commissioner Phil Lyman says a recently surfaced map shows his ride into Recapture Canyon was not illegal, and he wants a new trial [Tribune].
  3. Gov. Gary Herbert's administration releases some recommendations to improve operations at state liquor stores [Utah Policy, Fox 13Deseret News, Tribune].
  4. Business and community leaders launch their campaign in favor of a proposed sales tax hike for transportation funding on November's ballot [Utah Policy, Deseret News, Tribune, KUER].
  5. The ACLU of Utah wants the state to reform the public defender system [ABC 4, Fox 13].
  6. Transportation officials want to improve the Sugar House Streetcar line and bus transit in West Valley City as part of a long-term plan [Tribune].
  7. Jordan Garn breaks down why Donald Trump is igniting the passions of Republican voters [Utah Policy].
  8. A Utah man has died of the bubonic plague [Deseret News, ABC 4].
  9. Republican presidential candidate Rand Paul will hold a rally in Orem on Saturday morning [Deseret News].
  10. Hillary Clinton is reportedly trying to keep Vice President Joe Biden out of the 2016 presidential race [Associated Press]. Meanwhile, Democratic insiders say Biden will ultimately decide against a presidential bid [Politico].

On this day in history:

  • 1922 - A New York City realty company paid $100 for the first radio commercial.
  • 1955 - While visiting family members in Money, Miss., 14-year old Emmett Till, an African-American from Chicago, was killed for supposedly flirting with a white woman four days earlier. His alleged killers were acquitted.
  • 1963 - Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his "I have a dream" speech from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.
  • 2005 - Hurricane Katrina reached Category 5 status, touching off one of the largest evacuations in U.S. history.
  • 2008 - Sen. John McCain, the Republican nominee for president, chose Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as his running mate.


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Community Leaders Launch Prop 1 Education Campaign
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Governor's Office of Management and Budget Releases Initial DABC Findings
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Hatch, Ryan Question Treasury's Planned Country-by-Country Reporting Regulations
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200 West Upgrade Project Moving Toward Completion
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Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Envision Ogden ruling makes government more open

Alliance Health tops list of Utah's fastest-growing companies

Rolly: Remembering Elly Muth, Republican workhorse, champion of mavericks

Utah civic, business leaders launch campaign for sales tax hike

Governor highlights 12 steps to improve Utah liquor agency

$3M for Sugar House streetcar rails part of Utah plan

Utah homeowners could see charter school funding on property tax notices

Utah city ready to hire new city manager, move on from infighting

Utah lawmaker says discovery of decades-old map should lead to new trial for commissioner who led ATV ride

Deseret News

A. Scott Anderson: SBA - a critical partner in supporting small business

Editorial: EPA failed its protection namesake in Gold King Mine spill that contaminated rivers

GOP presidential candidate Rand Paul to hold rally in Orem

Report: Utah colleges producing degrees with high earning potential

Magazine honors fastest-growing Utah companies

Elected officials, business leaders campaign for local sales tax hike

State unveils plans to improve service, working conditions at Utah liquor stores

National Headlines

Hillary builds a Super Tuesday firewall (Politico)

Joe Biden's 'no' on bin Laden raid could haunt him as a 2016 candidate (Politico)

Pollsters dumbfounded by Trump (The Hill)

Donna Brazile praises Bush's Katrina response on flight with Obama (The Hill)

How Huma Abedin operated at the center of the Clinton universe (Washington Post)

Quinnipiac: 'Liar, Dishonest' Most Used to Describe Hillary (Weekly Standard)

Draft Joe Biden Meeting Draws Small Crowd as Democrats Gather (New York Times)

Ted Cruz and Donald Trump planning a joint appearance to protest the Iran deal (Washington Post)

The Labor Ruling McDonald's Has Been Dreading Just Became A Reality (Huffington Post)

Judge Blocks New Federal Rule on Jurisdiction of Waterways (Associated Press)

Can Carly Fiorina overcome past political failures? (Detroit Free Press)


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